DNC Chair: It’s easiest for the IRS to administer the health care mandate, but it’s not a tax

posted at 4:01 pm on July 3, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Just remember, guys: The Internal Revenue Service might be the best-equipped entity to administer the “penalty,” and the “penalty” might be assessed on your tax return, but the requirement to pay a “penalty” if you don’t buy health insurance is most definitively not a tax.

Speaking on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Wasserman Schultz said Monday, that the law should be enforced by the federal government’s taxing arm because “it’s simply a matter of ease in administration.”

“The way we usually think of taxation, Wolf, is that taxation as the IRS administers is collected on broad swaths and large categories of individuals,” Wasserman Schultz said. “This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs.

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

Okay, whatever, Democrats — call it what you want. It looks like a tax, it smells like a tax, but fine, it’s just the feds penalizing you for exercising your personal freedom to not buy health insurance. But the fact remains that this “penalty” is going to funnel more of Americans’ money out of the productive private economy and into the government, and it’s going to be a huge imposition to the middle class.

In related news, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has led the charge of Republican states — so far including Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin — in declining to start battening down the hatches for the optional portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Heh. “Affordable.” Sorry, I still can’t say that with a straight face.) While I applauded Gov. Scott’s leadership on refusing to accept that ObamaCare is going to become a historical fact and pledging to continue to work toward its repeal, Rep. Wasserman Schultz didn’t happen to see it that way.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), described her state governor as “a spoiled brat” for trying to fight Obamacare even though the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional.

“I think he’s acting like a spoiled brat,” Wasserman Schultz said of Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., per WOKV. “He insisted that the law was unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has ruled. The matter should be settled.”

Yes, I do think that perhaps someone is showing just a touch of petulance here — but it isn’t Gov. Scott.


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God help us.

I’m not sarc’ing.

tom daschle concerned on July 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Is it me or was this harpy not suppose to get her face out making statements any longer? Isn’t bho chapped with her? Guess not?
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letget on July 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

It’s easiest for the IRS to administer the health care mandate…

I would have thought that the DMV would have been the proper department to administer this fine law.

dirtseller on July 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

But did Wolfie Boy finally agree with her?

southsideironworks on July 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Mayonnaise Head strikes again?

Archivarix on July 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

we can win in November.

rob verdi on July 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Why is Debbie insulting 5 members of the SCOTUS like that. She is implying they don’t know what they are doing. Shame on her.

pedestrian on July 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

IT’S THE LARGEST REGRESSIVE TAX INCREASE IN WORLD HISTORY.

John the Libertarian on July 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Thanks for the including a transcription of DWS’ screech speech, Erika. Wasn’t up to hearing that nasally buzzsaw shrew’s voice at the moment.

MisterElephant on July 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

It’s not a tax. It’s not a penalty.

It’s simply a fee.

Remember–you heard it here first.

davidk on July 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Not while I’m eating.

Erich66 on July 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Dearest Erika,

You must be sensitive as to when you post these DWS pictures. We here on the west coast are juts finishing up lunch — and do need to keep it down.

The War Planner on July 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Last time I saw a mouth like that it had a hook in it.

Stu Gotts on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Rush was right about the “free-rider” argument switch.

aquaviva on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

It looks like a tax, it smells like a tax, but fine, it’s just the feds penalizing you for exercising your personal freedom to not buy health insurance.

Debbie wasserman-schultz and Mitt Romney seem to be on the same page with their insistance that its not a tax.

sharrukin on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Oh, it’s not a tax because RomneyCare penalties aren’t a tax? At least that’s a new argument.

If it looks like a duck, or quacks like a duck…

RMCS_USN on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

OF COURSE the IRS can most easily “collect” that “penalty”, right Deb?

Keep talking & digging – the hole’s not deep enough yet.

The sleeping giant is awake.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

You honestly have to marvel at the possibility that she actually believes what is flying out from between her teeth. In a different time and place, she would have been perceived as being completely out of her mind!

pilamaye on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

On the one hand, I got Roberts’ face on my dart board.

On the other hand, we have different fingers… on the other hand we have four months of Democrat idiocy to look forward to as they try to wriggle out of the box he crammed them into.

We wouldn’t have their failing verbal gymnastics to mock or use in campaign ads had the law just been struck down, giving them a grievance to flog and all.

So… mixed bag.

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Why not let the SEIU administer it? They are better at beating people up than the IRS…

wildcat72 on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

“I think he’s acting like a spoiled brat,” Wasserman Schultz said of Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., per WOKV. “He insisted that the law was unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has ruled. The matter should be settled.”

Yeah – the court said he could reject the federal imposition of Medicaid expansion you idiot. Every governor knows that accepting the expansion will add a big funding burden in the not too distant future.

gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Can’t have it both ways. If they want to argue it’s not a tax then it must be a penalty and SCOTUS ruled that as unconstitutional. If they want to argue it is constitutional then they have to accept the SCOTUS ruling that it is a tax. The D’s just don’t want to own up to the fact they passed the largest tax increase in history.

sirmatthew on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

ObamaCareTax… largest TAX INCREASE ever…

Again…

Again…

Khun Joe on July 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

Unless it comes to paying a mortgage you couldn’t afford in the first place or student loans on a degree you can’t get a job with…

jjjdad on July 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Debbie is an absolute idiot . . .but a wonderful figurehead for the Party of the Democrats.

rplat on July 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Well clearly what we need is another Mandate. this one will solve all of our problems… I promise…

SWalker on July 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The War Planner on July 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

That is ALMOST as bad as AP putting the evil face of bho up on a thread at supper time? Maybe there could be a poll, this harpy or bho evil face?
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letget on July 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Rush was right about the “free-rider” argument switch.
aquaviva on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Obooba then: “Republicans want it to be every man for himself.”

Obooba now: “We can’t have any ‘free riders’ mooching off of everyone else.”

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Why is Debbie insulting 5 members of the SCOTUS like that. She is implying they don’t know what they are doing. Shame on her.

pedestrian on July 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

One member of the SCOTUS. Only Roberts went for the tax argument. The other four thought it was constitutional under the Commerce Clause. Which is wrong, but doesn’t entail their re-writing the law to help Congress out.

Shump on July 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

21 new TAXES Deb – not “penalties”

21 NEW TAXES.

75% of which will hit people with incomes of $120,000 AND LESS.

Keep trying you retarded poodle.

They need to be flogged with this 24/7 until November.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

oh please, not this hunk of worthless tissue again spouting nothing but bu$$$hit.

rjoco1 on July 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

“I’m Debbie Blabbermouth Shultz, I’m having a bad hair decade, I’m insane and I approve this message”

cajunpatriot on July 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Her lies are weak and pathetic.
She says that somebody who does not buy health insurance is raising everybody else’ cost by being a burden to the state.
So in her reasoning I will get free care if I have no insurance and just pay the fine…?
Sounds good to me if it were true.
The truth is that the biggest reasons that costs go up is all the regulation and compliance cost and the fact that the govt. is flooding the pool with as many poor people as possible who contribute nothing at all.

NeoKong on July 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

It’s not a tax, and is therefore unconstitutional.

The Rogue Tomato on July 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

“It’s easiest for the cafeteria to serve you this crap sammich, but it’s not food. Now shut up and eat it.”

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Debbie is an absolute idiot . . .but a wonderful figurehead for the Party of the Democrats.

rplat on July 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Resist we much

workingclass artist on July 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

DWS = CFI.

Babsy on July 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Her lies are weak and pathetic.
She says that somebody who does not buy health insurance is raising everybody else’ cost by being a burden to the state.
So in her reasoning I will get free care if I have no insurance and just pay the fine…?
Sounds good to me if it were true.
The truth is that the biggest reasons that costs go up is all the regulation and compliance cost and the fact that the govt. is flooding the pool with as many poor people as possible who contribute nothing at all.

NeoKong on July 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Using her line of reasoning it would only be prudent to require every citizen capable of voting to carry a federally approved firearm to help combat crime.

gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

*********************** NUTS *******************************!!

canopfor on July 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Quack, quack, quack….

TeresainFortWorth on July 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

It’s either a tax or unconstitutional, Deb. Take your pick.

Which part of your new hero Roberts’ decision didn’t you understand?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

Was Gobbles screeching about healthcare, or has she finally had it with the occupy crowd?

Erich66 on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Last time I saw a mouth like that it had a hook in it.

Stu Gotts on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I just spit my coffee onto my computer screen that was so funny. Thanks for the laugh of the day, I needed it.

Cherokee on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

It’s not a tax, and is therefore unconstitutional.

The Rogue Tomato on July 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Even if it is a tax it’s unconstitutional. The federal government doesn’t have the authority to tax you for not doing something. The closest they can get is giving you a deduction for doing something.

gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

They’ll just rename the Internal Revenue Service the Internal Mandate Service.

Ward Cleaver on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I swear to God almighty, I will go to prison before I pay that tax. And from prison, I will instigate every bit of trouble I can. They better pray I never end up in prison.

WashingtonsWake on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Chief Justice Roberts said that if it’s not treated as a tax, then it is unconstitutional.

We can READ, Debbie….

TeresainFortWorth on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

powerline has put up the dissent’s writing on the ‘tax’ issue. (i haven’t read any of the actual decision, i just find it too depressing)

i’m sure that debbie dip-s*** can chirp her way thru anything but here’s the last graf from the powerline excerpt

The Government’s opening brief did not even address the question—perhaps because, until today, no federal court has accepted the implausible argument that §5000A is an exercise of the tax power. And once respondents rbeaised the issue, the Government devoted a mere 21 lines of its reply brief to the issue. Petitioners’ Minimum Coverage Reply Brief 25. At oral argument, the most prolonged statement about the issue was just over 50 words. Tr. of Oral Arg. 79 (Mar. 27, 2012). One would expect this Court to demand more than fly-by-night briefing and argument before deciding a difficult constitutional question of first impression.

i guess the dissent was pissed. the entire excerpt is here…very long

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/07/it-was-never-a-tax.php

r keller on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

and the Supreme Court has ruled. The matter should be settled.”

And therefore is a tax.

derecho on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

It’s either an unconstitutional mandate, or a constitutional tax. There is no third choice.

Socratease on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

Yeah, doncha just love the way that people who don’t have health insurance went from being “victims” the Kleptocrat Party was trying to help to a bunch of tax cheats now that the stupid Obama-AlbatrossCare act has been upheld?

Marxism is for dummies on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

If it is not a TAX then it is unconstitutional as the Supreme Court said… So here is your choice stupid communists:

Say it is not a tax and hence it is not a constitutional according to the supreme court

Say it is a tax and pay the price at the polls…Anyway you will be paying heavy price this November no matter how you go. The majority of people had it with you communists and the communist welfare queen agitator in the White House… We are going to crush you…

mnjg on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Largest tax, and largest tax increase, in the history of humanity.

Knott Buyinit on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Aaaveennnnnnnnnge Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

SouthernGent on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

By this (ahem) logic, democrat welfare queens and those feigning disability need to pay a penalty for scamming the system, expecting the rest of us to pay for their irresponsibility and laziness of not seeking a job or even selling apples on street corners for a living.

It’s a tax, it’s not a tax, it’s an unconstitutional penalty mandate in the form of a tax that’s likely STILL unconstitutional because it penalizes someone for NOT buying something.

Can’t have it both ways you rotten crotch brillo head.

Wolfmoon on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Rush was right about the “free-rider” argument switch.
aquaviva on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM
Obooba then: “Republicans want it to be every man for himself.”

Obooba now: “We can’t have any ‘free riders’ mooching off of everyone else.”

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So now we have to let Dems tell us which “free riders” are good and which “free riders” are bad?
I guess good “free riders” vote Dem and bad “free riders” don’t?

jjjdad on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I swear to God almighty, I will go to prison before I pay that tax. And from prison, I will instigate every bit of trouble I can. They better pray I never end up in prison.
WashingtonsWake on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The way I see it, it’s gonna be a minimum-security country-club prison, we’ll all get 3 hots and a cot, AND we’ll all get FREE healthcare. We also won’t have to pay any income taxes.

And our stay will all be paid for by the people who voted for Obama….

TeresainFortWorth on July 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Hey! Maybe we can get the IRS to protect our borders!

GarandFan on July 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

It’s either an unconstitutional mandate, or a constitutional unconstitutional tax. There is no third choice.

Socratease on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

FIFY

gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Dear Debbie:

What happens when those opposed to the ‘mandate’ file a claim for “religious exemption”?

GarandFan on July 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

“This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs.

You know, it’s not true that everyone who doesn’t have insurance has their tab picked up by the rest of us. I’ve had uninsured medical bills, and I had to pay them, the hospital/doctor certainly didn’t seem amenable to letting it go. The only way you get out of paying is if you’re judgment proof. Such a load of b.s.

mbs on July 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

Unless you’re one of the millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S. and using our ER’s docs as your primary care physician, your kids’ pediatrician, and/or your OB/GYN for the birthing of your anchor babies.

If you’re one of those illegal alien “free-riders,” you’ll be free to continue “free-riding” on the backs of American taxpayers (as you’ve been doing for decades now, to the tune of billions of dollars a year), because ObamaTax does absolutely nothing to stop or penalize your “free-riding” behavior.

AZCoyote on July 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I want everyone who says “it’s not a tax” to instantly be asked the following question:

“Since the supreme court has said only a tax would be constitutional, if it’s not a tax, then why are you trying to implement something ruled unconstitutional?”

CapnObvious on July 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Keep trying you retarded poodle.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

That’s really not fair to retarded poodles, now is it?

CycloneCDB on July 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

if it’s not a tax, then why are you trying to implement something ruled unconstitutional?”

CapnObvious on July 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Because, shut up, that’s why… ;p

SWalker on July 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I want everyone who says “it’s not a tax” to instantly be asked the following question:

“Since the supreme court has said only a tax would be constitutional, if it’s not a tax, then why are you trying to implement something ruled unconstitutional?”

CapnObvious on July 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Yup.

The Rogue Tomato on July 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs.

Unless you are “poor” which mean you get a tax credit.

Rocks on July 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

“I think he’s acting like a spoiled brat,” Wasserman Schultz said of Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., per WOKV.

Projecting much?

mkenorthshore on July 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

If she would get a different hairdo, how much could we reduce our imports of foreign oil?

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

There ought to be a penalty tax assessed against every politician who tells a lie. There would be no national debt. We would have an enormous surplus.

SC.Charlie on July 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

The federal government doesn’t have the authority to tax you for not doing something.
gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Actually, Justice Roberts pointed out in his ruling that the Constitution contemplates their ability to do that (See Article I) as a “capitation tax”.

Another term for “Capitation Tax”? “Poll Tax”.

Yeah, let’s see the CBC defend that.

And I think that Roberts wanted We The People to pay close attention and close that loophole in the law ASAP.

http://teresainfortworth.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/proposed-a-new-amendment-to-the-constitution/

(Check out the comments at this post for a great suggestion for wording)

TeresainFortWorth on July 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

IF ITS NOT A TAX ITS NOT A LAW.

meci on July 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

If i was John Roberts, or if John Roberts would grow a pair, I/he would tell the dems “if you insist on saying this is not a tax, I will reverse my ruling and make it unconstitional under the commerce clause.” See what the dems story would be then.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

the ‘roberts pseudotax/penalty’ of romenycare is 2 page attachment to the MA state income tax…

mittens on July 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Meanwhile in Michigan, Republican Governor (with Republican Senate and Republican House) Snyder is in a hurry to implement a state health exchange. The same day he vetoes a bill requiring ID to vote.

Really Snyder?

ConservativeLawStudent on July 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Where are all the conservative geniuses who told us this 3d-chess move by Roberts would force the liberals to own up to ObamaCare being a massive tax hike?

gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she continued.

She is just one nasty piece of work. She represents the party of “irresponsibility.”

arnold ziffel on July 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

The Supremes ruled that it is only Constitutional if it IS a tax as that i the power that they derive from to implement the mandate. If it is NOT a tax but a penalty – then it is unconstitutional as they do not have the power to ‘fine’ people for not buying a product. They do not like the idea that they have essentially taxed the middle class – but it is what it is.

mouell on July 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

having read a fair amount about the ‘features’ of obamacare, even if it goes into effect i think it will be unpopular.

i know the cw is that once a welfare program gets in place, and people start receiving checks it is hard to overturn…but this is a mess

some small businesses will go out of business (or break up into smaller LT 50 employees)…and then another chunk will drop their coverage and pay the 2K.

Then the prols in the exchanges will find out that the barry.insurance that they pay for only pays 70 percent of their bills….and they will have to pay the reg premium until they get a refund the Next year from the irs

and then those whose earning rise from 400 percent of FPL to 425 percent, i.e. a 6 percent raise…will find that their marginal tax rate is over 100 percent when you add in income/fica and lack of subsidy

r keller on July 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

The federal government does not have the constitutional authority to compel us to purchase health insurance, but it does have the constitutional authority to tax us for failing to purchase health insurance that it cannot compel us to purchase in the first place.

We’re free to exercise our rights, but exercising our rights isn’t free.

AZCoyote on July 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The only way you get out of paying is if you’re judgment proof.

So……living on the street in a cardboard box in just the clothes you are wearing does have a plus.

hawkeye54 on July 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Where are all the conservative geniuses who told us this 3d-chess move by Roberts would force the liberals to own up to ObamaCare being a massive tax hike?

gwelf on July 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

If he was, he had better go back to chess academy.

arnold ziffel on July 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Hmm, a twofer today, First the beaver puss, Waxazz, now
this Sea Hag.

Bring back Ed’s Palette cleanser from last Friday!

ToddPA on July 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I want everyone who says “it’s not a tax” to instantly be asked the following question:

“Since the supreme court has said only a tax would be constitutional, if it’s not a tax, then why are you trying to implement something ruled unconstitutional?”

CapnObvious on July 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Because they want power over the lives of others and this health care monstrosity (Obamacare OR Romneycare) is a means to that end. The constitutionality of the program is meaningless to them. What matters is what it does for the cause, and how it helps in enriching themselves.

In public they will call it a mandate/penalty, while cheerfully administering it as a tax. Hypocrisy doesn’t bother them at all.

sharrukin on July 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Make the penalty having to watch her (or Waxman) give a speech. Everyone will scramble to buy health insurance.

The Rogue Tomato on July 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

“This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs.”

What if someone chooses to roll the dice on phoney green energy companies and makes us all pay for their being irresponsible and increasing all of our costs of government? Will they get a penalty too?

Lost in Jersey on July 3, 2012 at 4:38 PM

For just a moment there, I thought Wolf Blitzer was gonna dig deep and find a pair. Alas… it was not to be. Instead, he waited patiently like a dog at heel waiting for Debbie Downer to spin off all her talking points.

I do think that we should run ads on the first portion of her remarks though, captioned with the actual text of Roberts’ decision. If it’s not a “tax”, it’s not legal under the ruling. If it’s not a “tax”, they’re penalizing people unconstitutionally.

Oh… and wow! The utter contempt they have for the American citizens they’re forcing to buy health insurance under threat of taxation is impressive. THAT’s gonna get ‘em some votes all right. /sarc

Murf76 on July 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible

Hear that, folks? Poor, little, uninsured Jimmy who has the measles is just being irresponsible!

Why, just a couple weeks ago, he was simply the victim of heartless, baby-eating Rethuglicans.

CurtZHP on July 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Debbie Doublespeak never fails to disappoint: She’s consistenly dishonest and moronic.

Philly on July 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The only way you get out of paying is if you’re judgment proof.

That’s not the only way. If you use a fake ID in the ER, then the bills never find you, and neither does the process server. The illegals figured that out long ago.

AZCoyote on July 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Dearest Erika,

You must be sensitive as to when you post these DWS pictures. We here on the west coast are juts finishing up lunch — and do need to keep it down.

The War Planner on July 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Hot Gas should use this instead.

22044 on July 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM

She is such a bad liar. Can’t they find a better con artist with so deep a pool in the Democratic Party?

bayview on July 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

We spent three uninsured months when I was last unemployed. My infant son still needed his well-checks and immunizations, so now we owe them like eight hundred bucks.

It is exceedingly kind of Ms. Wasserman-Schulz to offer to pick up that tab for me. My pediatrician seems to think I’m liable for that cost somehow.

The Schaef on July 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

…J E Z U S!…I thought they weren’t letting that rabid b!tch out of the dog house anymore!
She’s barking and frothing at the mouth again!
How come these lawyers can’t understand what happened at the Supreme Court and are krapping explanations?

KOOLAID2 on July 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

How can any real man ever be alone with this witch?

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Until now, the IRS has only collected penalties on taxes due and owing. The EPA, etc., could issue fines and penalties pursuant to its regulatory power, but the IRS was “merely” (I know) a tax collector.

Resist We Much on July 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Debbie on vacation.

arnold ziffel on July 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

How can any real man ever be alone with this witch?

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

If I had to be alone in a room with this skank I’d develop the biggest lisp and hip wagging walk you’ve ever seen.

Wolfmoon on July 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Here is something, from a commenter on the CNN link, for those who are delusional and liken it to car insurance:

I have a car and pay for auto insurance. People who don’t drive or own cars are killed in car accidents.
Shouldn’t they be taxed for their failure to buy auto insurance?

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I’ll try again to get some help on figuring out what every Democrat think about the #TaxorNoTax

ChrisL on July 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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